The report itself isn’t specifically about the Apple TV, but rather mentions it almost in passing.
It is mentioned, however, and the timeframe matches what we’ve been hearing via various rumors in recent weeks, too..
Apple is also preparing an aggressive production schedule for its high-end computers, including the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro, for 2021, two other people familiar with the matter said. The company is in the midst of replacing Intel central processors in its computer lineups with self-designed CPUs built using technology from British chip designer Arm. Apple already introduced three MacBook models powered by its M1 central processor in late 2020 and announced it will take about two years to fully transition to CPUs designed in-house. The U.S. tech giant is also working on a new Apple TV, a home entertainment device for video-on-demand services, for next year, one of the people said.
Rumors of a new Apple TV have been helped by the increasing number of references to it that people have found in iOS betas, with leaker Jon Prosser previously reporting that Apple plans to put a powerful A12X Bionic chip inside.
Some have suggested that the new Apple TV will see the company poor more resources into making the device a gaming machine, something a chip like the A12X would certainly help.